winter scene
January, with all it’s anticlimactic, post-holiday space, has been wonderful.  Having decided to cut back on some of our outside activities, I’ve been slowly plugging away at getting our home and life back to a more normal pace after such a hectic fall.  I’d sort of forgotten how lovely it is to have ‘margin’ throughout the day and week.  I’d highly recommend it!

One of January’s delightful gifts has been enjoying my honey’s retirement status.  Not only do I have more help around the house, but he’s stepped up to help with some of SweetPea’s homeschooling.  She now takes her math woes to him, and I’ll often overhear lively conversations going on in the next room about economics, world affairs and current events, or spiritual issues.  He’s a wonderful teacher.

His first big project has been to redo my kitchen.  (A restful retirement activity, huh?)  Amazing what he’s gotten done when he’s had days on end to devote to it, not just Saturdays.  All the cabinets and drawers are in and functional, with just some finish work required. 

My kitchen is delivered!

And assembly begins....

Out with the old!

I was only without water one day

In with the new!

Removing the old countertops

Love those drawers!

So much better for organizing

Next are the countertops and backsplash, then new flooring. I have to be honest and say that I’m not sad to say goodbye to the 1970s harvest-gold theme. So now the decision is—with white cabinets, black-and-white specked granite countertops, and warm wood-toned flooring, what color scheme for the walls to go with it? Ideas, anyone?


  1. Love the pics! And you're such a good writer. :)

  2. Looks like you are getting a lot done. I would think any kind of warm color would look nice with those colors. Maybe even a burnt red. :)

    1. I agree with you - a warm color is what I'm leaning toward. The red might be a good accent color. I'll have to get a feel for things once the counters are in. Thanks, JoAnn!

  3. Wow, what a blessing! So nice that your dh knows how to do all the work :-) I always love warm taupe (like coffee with lots of cream in it) with white. But I know that a light "cottage blue" (think Martha Stewart) is also lovely with white, and with the warm wood floor, and it's also very much in vogue nowadays.

    Can't wait to see the pics when it's done!

    1. Thanks, Lori, for stopping by! I'm thinking the taupe or warm tan, maybe even a pale golden yellow, would be a good basic color. The kitchen faces north with little sunlight, so the warm tones would be good. I'll keep you posted!

  4. Ohhh, congratulations on the new kitchen look. And granite countertops & wood floors, woohoo!! Can't wait to see the finished product! Nice color choice too -- I would think it would go with most anything. What color makes you happiest! It looks nice - I like your kitchen drawers too!

  5. Most of my house is some shade of green, so I don't want to do more of that. I'm actually hating the idea of taking out the wallpaper in the kitchen--it has a country garden feel that goes with the new cabinet style. It's white with tiny vining blue, rose, and green flowers with green leaves. It may not go with the new countertops, we'll just have to see. I hear tell that wallpaper is 'out' when it comes to selling the house--makes me kind of sad. So...we'll see!

    Thanks for your encouragement, Jane ~


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